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anyway. coming up on our teeth of bradley manning trial nears the end of the army was the blower's defense team presented their closing arguments updates on this case from fort meade just ahead. another news source has found itself under government scrutiny antiwar dot com is suing the f.b.i. for the release of records believed to be kept about the organization more on that coming up. and while the mainstream media has issued an odd over the royal birth i detail was missed it turns out the royal birth cost less than the average american for why is it more expensive in the states will come to that later in the show. that evening it's friday july twenty sixth eight pm in washington d.c.
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i marinate and you're watching r t we start our newscast tonight in fort meade maryland where the defense team the bradley manning trial delivered closing arguments today ortiz liz wahl has been in fort meade covering the trial from the beginning and filled us in earlier with what bradley manning's defense team presented during their closing arguments. hi erin yes today the defense presented their closing arguments and they started off by attacking the prosecution's case and their theory the way that they portrayed bradley manning the defense blamed them for cherry picking piece of pieces of evidence without putting them into context and without giving really a full picture of really what bradley manning has been trying to say one of the first things that they said it was quote their story has the logic of a child pointing out includes his view that their theory doesn't have much sophistication to it cooms today also played the apache video in court that video
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dubbed collateral murder that manning leaked to the anti secrecy website wiki leaks he played some of the most graphic parts of this video and he said how would you how would a twenty one year old think when he sees this and he asks this question you have to or he stated you have to look at this through the eyes of a young man that cares about human life so very contrary to what the prosecution said yesterday saying that bradley manning and their words does not care about any human but himself the defense also disputed how the government portrays wiki leaks the organization that manning leaked the information to the government said that this is a legitimate journalistic organization that's just trying to do good investigative journalism and that that they're not tied to terrorism and terrorist organizations like the government had said no he said that this organization basically is just trying to do investigative journalism hold the government accountable and to tell
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the public the truth basically is what he said is really what wiki leaks is all about now today he also said that the forensics prove that manning had a positive motive that he was not a traitor and that he was a whistleblower that was just trying to expose government doing. he was well meaning and i can want to start airing this national debate so that is what we're hearing today in the defense's closing argument now we understand that as of yesterday security was ramped up considerably this is all during the closing arguments was that the case today as well. yeah yesterday security was ramped up several notches and it really concerned a lot of reporters there we saw there were actually it was unprecedented there were armed guards military police in uniform kind of going through the aisles scanning some reporters' computers and there was
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a lot of some people use the word creepy yesterday we did notice today that they took it down several notches so. we're not really sure sure why it varies day to day we were told it was a response to. reporters violating some of the rules today though we notice that they did take it down a notch though not as bad today or not as litigious also heard reports that a quark stokely the artist who's been drawing court sketches of the trial was kicked out of the hearing what if you've been seen or. this this sketch artist his name is clark's stokely and he's he's a very colorful figure he's out this trial every day he drives this big van the wiki leaks trust is what it's called it has three free brett releases bradley manning on it and we noticed today by his stuff his computer and his belongings were removed from the media room that we weren't sure at the time he later tweeted
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that he was barred from the manning trial we later issued a statement from the the public relations officer here and it says quote a member of the media has been barred from the court martial by order of the military judge for posting threatening messages regarding some of the court martial participants we're not sure erin what exactly these messages are referring to now ms yusifiyah the defense team they they had some interesting closing arguments today but it seems like what you were saying before is quite different from the way the prosecution pro-trade manning yesterday as well can you expand on that a little bit. yeah if you if you heard the way it seems like they're talking about two completely different people today. the defense portrayed manning as a humanist somebody doubt that really was just trying to do what was right a very well meaning and cared a lot about human life yesterday though the prosecution presented manning as
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somebody that was self-absorbed somebody that was seeking notoriety in his favor at the time that he leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the amp you see right secrecy web site wiki leaks and dad and that he when he did that he had full knowledge that he was aiding the enemy he knew that when he was leaking those documents he was putting it on the internet the world wide web for everybody to see everybody including the enemy and in the prosecution's view he did he knew very well the consequences of his actions he knew exactly what he was doing as an intelligence analyst working with classified information on a daily basis that he knew what he was doing so the government says he's a traitor today the defense says he's a whistleblower it's going to be up to the judge erin to decide it's going to be up to her the verdict is all is all on her so there you have it that was our two correspondent liz wahl. on the closing day of arguments in the bradley manning
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trial many supporters gathered in washington d.c. at fort mcnair to protest his detention major general jeffrey buchanan is the military judge with the authority to reduce manning sentence if convicted and he is currently stationed at fort mcnair demonstrators attempted to deliver a petition to be canon and archie correspondent megan lopez was there and brings us all the latest. i'm hearing what is being called the last internationally coordinated effort to probably tacit attention on bradley manning you know over the past few years with bradley manning's detention we have seen so many protests happen in washington d.c. and around the world here in d.c. we've seen them protest outside of the capitol building and all side of the justice department but this menu is a little bit different we're outside of fort mcnair and this is why we're out here it's because jeffrey buchanan's office is here and if you haven't heard that name before i would really be surprised by his name and this person in particular is a very important in the bradley manning case why because he is the convening
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authority for the overseeing of bradley manning's trial here at this army base there's a man who has the ability to do the right thing that reflects what americans want and that is to release probably today he's done his time so obviously there's a lot of people here that are protesting his final sentence whenever that sentence does come town let's name one of the protesters hi there what's your name and i mean it was like oh and what are you doing here why or why protest bradley manning do you know him i don't i don't but i really care a lot of our internal spy that is. because. because you are covered kind but the u.s. government is committing suicide right you expose them to the fact that so what do you think is going to happen in the days to come with his final sentencing and verdict. i think they're going to get away from. him do you think there's i mean the justice and the system right now. no no i mean i'm sure
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they're not asking for stuff i don't know i don't know what i don't know what if anything that is some evidence of the success of this artist work that perhaps need to be a bit more difficult for them to execute that's not the only sentiment that we have expressed these days but one thing to mention is that we've had multiple people come on the program talking about that this might be an issue was over prosecution are over classification but everybody says that they believe that he might be in one way or another the question really now is how long that sentence is going to be yesterday was extremely hard because they were approaching bradley manning as a traitor as an evil person they used the word evil this is the prosecutor. i got extremely upset and i thought i need to say something. and i think everybody else was kind of dying a slow death this prosecution think speech went on for seven hours and it was
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preposterous i served in the united states marine corps in iraq and unfortunately i saw the truth we weren't there to liberate them we were there to police them and police the world i admire bradley manning because he had the call horn is the courage to stand up and you know release some transparency that's something that's missing in this country president obama ran on being a more transparent president but we're seeing the exact opposite so there you have it the last international accord needed africa in order to protest on behalf of private first class bradley manning now as i mentioned protests are going to be happening throughout the weekend across the country and around the world all to support the man who laid the biggest document drop in american history in front of fort mcnair meghan lopez r.c. . the obama administration has come under scrutiny this summer following revelations that it is than spying on journalists and thanks to the exposure by a word snowden the american public now knows they got. mint has access to tremendous amounts of everything from people's facebook accounts to their phone
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records however there is one media organization that isn't taking the government's antics line down that's antiwar dot com in may the website announced that it is suing the f.b.i. for spying on them even though the f.b.i. of knowledge that it does not suspects the website of any crimes antiwar dot com demanded for the release of records that the editors believe the agency has been keeping on the founder and managing editor eric harris and editorial editor just rimando for the first ten perspective of what it is like for a news organization to go head to head with the government i was joined earlier by angela keene the director of operations for antiwar dot com and i started off by asking her how the editors at antiwar dot com first found out they were being spied on. well it's a great story back in the late summer. of two thousand and eleven our webmaster and founder eric harris received information from a reader who'd been casually looking at the website called script where large
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publicly shared documents are uploaded and found an unrelated freedom information act request on insulin an issues that were ancillary to the events of nine eleven that mentioned quite a bit about antiwar dot com particularly asked a lot of kind of curiously basic inane questions about her editorial director justin rimando but it grew quite sinister from there there were implications about investigating readers and donors into anti-war antiwar dot com as well as find they indicated that information had been found through the foreign intelligence surveillance act which of course leaves the question right open one open about exactly what kind of snooping on antiwar dot com specifically on just a rimando an eric harris and what did they find so after that it happened eric garrus immediately started looking through the file and investigating and talking and asking and making freedom information act requests about you know what else to
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the what else does the f.b.i. have on antiwar dot com well you know you have the the f.b.i. had been given a year and a half of course to answer all kinds of questions they denied having any records that in nine such things existed and then these still you of course decided after enough nonsense back in may they would file a case and the case is being filed under of course freedom information act request and the one nine hundred seventy four privacy request which of course guarantees that the first you know first amendment protected available journalism is not supposed to be under the surveilling of that kind of scrutiny and of course of this is part of the larger case of it's not just that these sorts of behaviors you know chill ordinary americans or make them fearful but it puts the whole issue of sure of is journalism. threat to national security and that of course you know that hits the fear whole pretense of course of democracy itself so it's really it's really quite dead it's really quite damning now for us specifically as a very small organization which require you know relies entirely on an independent
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donations donors became scared people were frightened people pulled away from the site understandably so it's frightening to normal people and it's absolutely had an effect you know not just on our donors but you know the bit of the psyches of the staff right now how detrimental has this spine been and subsequent lawsuit how detrimental has it been for anti wars bottom line. oh i mean terms of our donation we've lost a significant amount of money and we've had donors in one case a donor specifically say that it made her to say that he couldn't it just he was made uncomfortable and nervous by this and it's understandable i mean and that's how normal people are going to react when you they are under the investigation of the united states government initially when they're ordinary innocent citizens who have an absolute right to read websites and express them and express themselves through contributing money to nonprofit organizations now. basically why do you think other news organizations we know that fox news new york times both of which
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have high profile cases regarding spine and their journalists why do you think they haven't pursued legal action like your organization and antiwar dot com i couldn't possibly speculate on the why i mean those are mainstream news organizations they really toil in different fields than we do now and of course to understand it's absolutely unconscionable that the obama administration is you know wiretapping journalists of any political stripe or from any kind of news outlet understand that but we're smaller independent news news gathering organization so for us this is absolutely if we don't make a stand on this i mean we're not we're not only you know not you know. perish but we're not standing by the very very basic principles we think we're representing by exposing the brutality of the u.s. empire now aside from professionally how has the spine affected you personally. well i just i would say that you know what was a very poignant essay by our inner tauriel director just rimando is he wrote
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a great deal about what it immediately felt like when eric harris told him of this the existence of this file and just how of course it changes you know one's interactions with you know your family members you know you're having you know we're all human beings and we interact with families and we have our projects and hobbies we're communicating with people and the fact that someone is spying on your most intimate family relationships your rome everything that i mean it of course it creates a sense of fear in my case personally just a one funny anecdote is a family member of mine who's very very sympathetic to our cause said could you not write me from your work e-mail any longer and i thought ok so i mean it does affect things but i understand this i mean be really clear the the war the anti-war movement has been under investigation since world war one anti-war activists of all stripes and all ideologies know they're being you know they're being spied upon this is nothing new antiwar dot com is just forcing the issue publicly. thank you angela that was angela keane the director of operations at antiwar dot com. in
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egypt former president mohamed morsy was officially charged with espionage and ordered to be detained for fifteen days now the news of the arrest comes as tensions throughout the country continue as rival political camps take to the streets in protest once again r.t. correspondent bill true brings us the latest from egypt. it's been a bloody day here in egypt as we've witnessed these massive rallies both in support and against the top vote of president mohamed morsi there have been deadly conflict to particularly in the coastal city of alexandria where there have been several reports of dead and injured of the rival protest groups met in one of the main running points we also had some clashes here in the capital in shortbread when brian pillman machoism accidently crossed paths and civilians ended up throwing rocks at each other similar scenes were also witnessed in the nile delta city of dummy etc so it's been a very tense day with people expecting further violence on the horizon as these
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rival groups refuse to go home behind me here and rub out the way a mosque in nasr city on the supports is old mohammed morsi and there are tens of thousands of people here saying they will not leave that he is due to the president and he's being illegally held as a political prisoner the president the interim president adly mansour for his cause came out and address the nation and said that we really couldn't hire the streets being booked any further and say institutions on to right the military for their pond said the very least a million people came out in support of the army leaving the president said that with this level of supports all of the interim government on the military if any want to hear this so they were putting a lost cause they could go home without being seen but it's hard to see how that's going to happen only seeing two complete alternative realities here at nasr city those who support the president are saying they are under attack they have been dismissing the president must be real. instated meanwhile just
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a few moments is away at that race class the protesters talking to me told me they are fighting terrorism and they're really the brotherhood holding the country saying and really for their own games so it's very difficult to see how anyone is going to go home particularly as people was really staying put setting up tents and not coming to any compromise the big news that really fuel the fire of these protests that so the former president mohamed morsi would be in tension following investigations into chauncey's of conspiring with the palestinian group hamas to spy on egypt's this comes off the he broke out of what he nutri imprisoned in the eighteen day uprising in two thousand and eleven what the prosecution is looking into the charges of is that he actually conspired with hamas to break out of this prison he may have been responsible to depths of prison guards on soldiers including kidnapping offices these are big charges if he's found guilty this will
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mean that mohamed morsi is actually imprisoned which is something that people here say is clearly a political decision how are those at the how he is saying that he is responsible for these deaths and for conspiring with hamas and the military is really defending the country against these terrorist acts so it's very big charges leveled against the president we don't know where he is he disappeared about three weeks ago off to his ouster so it's a very tense time sam we have to see really where the judiciary take this that was artie's belcher of reporting. now in other news if this past week you happened to be watching any mainstream media outlets it probably looked a lot like this. they are duchess of cambridge in a labor now for over fourteen hours a day over there are they going to have the baby come now. this is a big boys' choir. it was. much easier to great britain now
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where we are learning the official name of england's newest heir to the throne prince george alexander louis george alexander louis george. is about to go get it right three names george alexander louis and while all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the birth of the latest british royal is some of what britain does best they do some other things pretty well too like the cost of having a baby the royal birth in the fanciest maternity ward that great press great britain has to offer cost fifteen thousand dollars the average american birth is billed at about thirty thousand dollars earlier i was joined by tina cassidy author of birth the surprising history of how we were born i first asked her why it's the case that having a baby in the u.s. costs so much more than even a royal birth. absolutely first and foremost the u.k. has nationalized medicine so most women when they go to the hospital to have
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a baby are attended by him and white i will also say that there is a large number number of women in the who have at home assisted midwives or so their health their whole approach to maternity care is quite different from the u.s. separately and the reason for the high cost of having a baby in the u.s. has a lot to do with the fact that we have lots of tests and technology that we apply to the birth and we use midwives much less frequently here and they have been proven around the world to drive down the cost of a birth and provide a much safer outcomes now you said that in the u.s. we have more of an authority on the subject are those tests necessary for the mother's health. not always often they're done because we have them and mothers may insist upon them because they think that by having the test they may be able to prevent something bad from happening but it is much less discussed the fact
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that by having a test it can introduce a problem to a pregnancy or a birth one very simple example of this is the electronic fetal monitor which almost all women have when they have a baby in the hospital just monitoring the baby's heartbeat and so forth but the net result of being a hooked up to that monitor means the mom can't move around during birth very much and that can have the negative side effect of prolonging labor and also producing false positives where they think there's a problem with the baby but there actually isn't not quite common so that would lead just could lead to something like an emergency c. section that may not be necessary as well which is a much more expensive interesting now you mention midwives before being much more popular in the u.k. why do you think they're not as popular here in the us well mid-market in the us have come and gone out of fashion many times they are on the upswing again many
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more women now are using them and requesting them but we have a really sort of history when it comes to midwifery in america the. doctor groups about one hundred years ago real he conspired against them and drove them out of practice to the point where they were virtually no midwives in america and it forced many women to enter the hospital system to give birth and it's been a slow climb back for midwives over the last so many decades. now again the cost of having a royal baby in the u.k. fifteen thousand dollars and they don't do as many tests here in the u.s. that's why it costs less do you know or have a list of the tests conducted in the u.k. and if i'm to have a baby here in the u.s. can i just ask for half the tests. sure you don't you don't you could certainly decline test two there are going to probably be many doctors who will say oh we'll
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do. a scan you know once every other month or so especially in the last two trimesters and that is definitely something moms can decline if there is no sign of a problem at all you don't necessarily even need one scan and that is certainly something that will drive up the costs there are many and he's in a different test that that the u.s. has in contrast with with the u.k. i would say that they have fewer but their whole approach to childbirth is a little bit more the natural occurrence and you know they don't necessarily all get epidurals which are quite common in the u.s. they use something called gas in air. and you know which is a very different approach all around that was tina cassidy author of birth the surprising history of how we are born. for decades now crime has been down in major u.s.
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cities but the amount of people put in jail has gone up this is caused by numerous public policy decisions including the existence of police quotas examples of quotas can include the number of people arrested ticketed and even more for a closer look at the situation the residents lori harvest. if you see these photos of just some kind of nebulous concept that may or may not exist here is some proof of just how concrete they really are just didn't hammer it was a policeman in auburn alabama he was recently fired for speaking out against tickets and the rest quoted in an interview was reason dot com he revealed recordings of
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his star gent speaking to officers where you can clearly hear him talking about quotas the sergeant says quote officers will have one hundred contacts her month minimum do not be the one that does not get one hundred. the sergeant goes on to say quote it's saturday night let's go out here and make some contact with them after then jailed that's pretty specific and clear evidence that quotas do indeed exist and i went on to say in his interview that if an officer didn't get the one hundred per month contact he faced penalties including mandatory overtime and being written up and the two officers who got the most arrests were given gift cards for state dinners and other very american drug war. he also said that the department of very much focuses on take it given that incur fines over tickets but don't give flying because money of course is what it always comes down to. when he reached out
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to the police benevolent association for help finding a lawyer and other guidance they basically told him that they weren't surprised that officers being fired for speaking out against quotas happens all the time. name further proof that quotas are very real in louisiana prosecutors have filed charges against henderson's police chief and assistant in the leg the legal quota system that offered officers fifteen dollars per traffic ticket along the highway if the officers manage to issue to take it an hour. in an e-mail this month the atlanta police union president wrote the mayor has designated traffic court and ticket revenue for future pay increases in other words the more money you bring in through take it the more you can get paid. defendants and quotas say that they are supposed to encourage productivity but what they really do is encourage officers to
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act unlawfully to find offenses where they don't exist to actually make up crime that's the opposite of what cops are supposed to do well done society quotas pervert the police and justice system beyond any sense at all so it's time to get our heads out of the nebulous cloud and admit the social perversions that are quotas are indeed very real tonight let's talk about that by following me on twitter at the residence. that's of a for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash archie america or check out our web site r t v dot com slash usa you can also follow me on twitter at aaron aid and please don't forget to tune in at nine pm for larry king our special guest james wrench one of the stars likely for now have
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